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To Benjamin Franklin from Henry Coder, 27 May 1777

From Henry Coder

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Paris ce 27e may 1777

Monsieur

Je prends la liberté de vous envoiér le surplus des modeles que m. dubourg, avoit cru pouvoir vous portér hier a passi, ainsi que la notte si jointe; vous verés Monsieur par le billet que je vients de rescevoir, le facheux etat de mdme. dubourg, que je crois sans ressoursse.4 Je verai M. bayar cet apres midi, et comme il seroit apropos de l’abouchér avec vous et Mr. deaene, je viendrai ce soir a passi ou demain du grand matin scavoir quelles sont vos intentions a ce sujet a moins que vous ne me les fassiés conoitre par le porteur, qui est un homme sur. Je suis avec veneration Monsieur votre tres humble et tres obeissent scerviteur

Coder
capitaine d’infenterie
hotel d’angletere rue de seine
fb St germain

M. franklin passi

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Dubourg, in his note to BF above of the 25th, had spoken of patterns for uniforms. His note of the 27th, enclosed in this letter, is in the APS. It urged Coder to get together with BF, Deane, and Bayard (a Parisian textile merchant), and expressed confidence that the business would turn out to the satisfaction of all. Dubourg himself would do what he could when he could, but for the moment offered only good wishes. His wife had been worse than ever yesterday and today, the forty-seventh of her illness; he could not leave her, and had no hope of her recovery.

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